On July 2, 2018, J.S.R., a nine-year-old boy from Honduras, and V.F.B., a fourteen-year-old girl from El Salvador, filed federal lawsuits in the District of Connecticut challenging their forcible separation from their parents by the Trump Administration. The government separated both children, who are fleeing persecution in their home countries, as part of its “zero tolerance policy,” which criminally prosecutes adults and forcibly separates them from their children in order to deter asylum-seekers from coming to the United States to seek protection. V.F.B. has been separated from her mother since May 16, when immigration officials lured her away to shower, only to discover upon her return that her mother had been taken away. Immigration officials forcibly separated J.S.R. from his father on June 11, while J.S.R. was sleeping.  Both children subsequently were transferred 2000 miles away and detained, virtually incommunicado from their parents, in Connecticut.  The children remain in government custody today, and are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the government’s forcible and prolonged separation of them from their parents. 

On July 5, 2018, J.S.R. and V.F.B., who are jointly represented by the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and Connecticut Legal Services, moved for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to require the government to release the children and reunite them with their families. J.S.R. and V.F.B. argue that the government’s forcible separation of them from their parents violated the Due Process Clause, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Administrative Procedure Act, and their rights to equal protection under the law. On that same date, J.S.R. and V.F.B. petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum, to compel the government to produce their parents in court so that the children can confer with them and have an opportunity to testify at the court hearing on the children’s emergency motions, which will be held on July 11, 2018.

Read July 14 update

J.S.R. Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief & Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

V.F.B. Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief & Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus

Plaintiffs’ Memorandum of Law in Support of Emergency Motion for Writs of Habeas Corpus Ad Testificandum

Plaintiffs’ Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Temporary Restraining Order or Preliminary Injunction

Ruling and Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction